Oddibe McDowell

Oddibe McDowell (born August 25, 1962) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1985 to 1994 for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and Atlanta Braves.

His first name is pronounced "owed a bee" or "oh-ta-bee." Because it also sounds vaguely like a slurred rendition of "oh to be", ESPN personality and announcer Chris Berman dubbed him Oddibe "Young Again" McDowell.[1]

Oddibe McDowell
Center fielder
Born: August 25, 1962 (age 56)
Hollywood, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 19, 1985, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
August 10, 1994, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.253
Home runs74
Runs batted in266
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles Team competition
World Games
Gold medal – first place 1981 Santa Clara Team competition

Amateur baseball

McDowell was a noted multi-sport athlete at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida, and won the Florida High School Activities Association Class 4A wrestling championship at 155 pounds in 1979.[2]

McDowell won the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, which is given annually to the best amateur baseball player, in 1984 while playing college baseball at Arizona State University (ASU). He wore uniform number 0 at ASU; ASU inducted McDowell to the university's athletic hall of fame in 1991[3] and has retired his number.[4]

In 1981, McDowell won a gold medal as a member of the United States national team in World Games I. He was also a member of the 1984 United States Olympic Team.

McDowell was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 1984 Major League Baseball draft.

Professional baseball

McDowell stood out during his first stint with the Texas Rangers by wearing the very unusual uniform number 0. He wore the number 20 with the Indians, the number 1 with the Braves, and during his second time with the Rangers, he wore number 8.[5]

McDowell was the first player to hit for the cycle for the Rangers, doing so on July 23, 1985, in a Rangers' 8–4 victory over the Indians at Arlington Stadium.[6] Through the end of the 2017 season, Mark Teixeira, Gary Matthews, Jr., Ian Kinsler, Bengie Molina, Adrián Beltré, Alex Ríos, Shin-Soo Choo, and Carlos Gomez are the other Rangers players to hit for the cycle. McDowell finished 4th in the American League Rookie of the Year voting for 1985.

Through June 16, 2009, McDowell was tied for second of all Rangers players ever in career leadoff home runs, one behind the nine leadoff homers by Ian Kinsler.[7]

Post-playing career

McDowell was inducted to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.[8]

Between February 2011 and March 2012, Deadspin ran a series of 14 articles, which published McDowell's monthly water bill and the amount owed; until that time, water bills were publicly accessible on the Broward County Waste and Wastewater Services department's website.[9] Writing for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Michael J. Mooney described the series as Dadaist and evidence of "the power of mass appeal and of interactive media."[10]

As of 2017, McDowell is in his third year as the head coach for the McArthur High School varsity baseball team in Hollywood, Florida.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Chris Berman's Nicknames". Funny2. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  2. ^ Florida High School Activities Association. "Wrestling - 2017-18 Championship Records" (PDF). FHSAA.org, 2017, Gainesville. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Baseball". thesundevils.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "ASU Retired Numbers" (PDF). cstv.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Oddibe McDowell Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  6. ^ "Texas Rangers 8, Cleveland Indians 4". Retrosheet. July 23, 1985.
  7. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090503&content_id=4551512&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
  8. ^ "2011 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees". collegebaseballhall.org. 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Goodbye, Old Friend: The Last Oddibe McDowell Water Bill We'll Ever See Is $80.55". Deadspin. March 23, 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  10. ^ Mooney, Michael J. (February 24, 2011). "Deadspin Cracks the Case of Oddibe McDowell's Water Bill, Finally (Updated)". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Oddibe McDowell – McArthur Mustangs Head Coach". browardhighschoolbaseball.com. 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.

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Preceded by
Keith Hernandez
Hitting for the cycle
July 23, 1985
Succeeded by
Rich Gedman
1984 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes two different All-America selectors for the 1984 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947) and Baseball America (since 1981).

1984 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 1984 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1984 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirty eighth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Six regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while two regions included six teams, resulting in 36 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The thirty-eighth tournament's champion was Cal State Fullerton, coached by Augie Garrido. The Most Outstanding Player was John Fishel of Cal State Fullerton.

1985 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1985 season involved the Rangers finishing 7th in the American League west with a record of 62 wins and 99 losses.

1986 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1986 season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses.

1987 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1987 season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses.

1988 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1988 season involved the Rangers finishing 6th in the American League west with a record of 70 wins and 91 losses.

1989 Atlanta Braves season

The 1989 Atlanta Braves season was the 119th in franchise history and their 24th in Atlanta.

1989 Cleveland Indians season

The 1989 Cleveland Indians season was their 89th season in the American League. For the 3rd consecutive season, the Indians had a losing record. The Indians had at least 73 wins for the 2nd consecutive season.

Baseball at the 1981 World Games

The World Games I baseball competition was held on July 27-30, 1981, at San Jose Municipal Stadium in San Jose, California. The 1981 Games were the first World Games, an international quadrennial multi-sport event, and were held in California's Santa Clara Valley. Teams from the United States, Australia, South Korea and Panama participated.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (also known as Collegiate Baseball Magazine and Collegiate Baseball) is an American publication based in Arizona that considers itself the "voice of amateur baseball" which has been published for over 40 years. It is most noted for handing out the following awards: Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Coach of the Year, and Collegiate Baseball All-Americans.It is published twice a month from January until June, and then once each in September and October.The "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper poll is college sports' oldest baseball poll. A ranking of the top 30 teams is released prior to the season, weekly throughout the season, and after the conclusion of the College World Series. It started with the 1957 college baseball season.

Dion James

Dion James (born November 9, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball player who played as a left and center fielder for an eleven-year career from 1983 to 1985, 1987–1990, 1992–1993, 1995-1996. James starred at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California before being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (25th overall) in the 1980 Amateur Entry Draft. He played for the Brewers, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees all of the American League and the Atlanta Braves of the National League.

James was the Brewers' Rookie of the Year in 1984, when he won the center field job and batted .295. In 1987, James was traded to the Braves for Brad Komminsk. With the Braves, the slap-hitter switched from a straight-up stance to an open crouch, giving him new power; he hit .312 with 37 doubles and 10 homers in 1987. James was a major disappointment in Atlanta's dismal 1988 season and was criticized for erratic fielding. He was traded to the Indians in mid-1989 for Oddibe McDowell, the Rangers' number-one pick in 1984. James lasted less than two seasons with the Indians, but found a part-time job with the Yankees in 1992, hitting .332 as the club's everyday left fielder in 1993. James left for Japan after the season; when he returned to the club in '95, he found little playing time in the Yankees outfield (by that time well-stocked with burgeoning talent) but did see post-season action for the first time in his career.James may be best remembered for an incident during a 1987 game against the New York Mets when a fly ball off his bat hit a bird in flight, killing the bird. James, reaching second base on the hit, was credited with a double.

Flavio Alfaro

For the town and canton in Ecuador, see Flavio Alfaro Canton.Flavio Roman Alfaro (born October 26, 1961 in Los Angeles, California) is a former baseball player and member of the 1984 United States Olympic Baseball team.

John Hoover (baseball)

John Nicklaus Hoover (December 22, 1962 – July 8, 2014) was the Major League Baseball No. 25 draft choice in the first round in 1984 (by Baltimore), after having led the nation in strikeouts in college baseball, pitching 205 strikeouts for Fresno State in his senior year. Also in 1984 Hoover was a starting pitcher for the United States Olympic baseball team, winning the opening game and helping the US to win the silver medal for baseball. His teammates on the Olympic team included Mark McGwire, Barry Larkin, Will Clark, and Oddibe McDowell.

In 1983, Hoover pitched the opening game at the IX Pan American Games, for an 8-0 victory over the Dominican Republic, helping to win the bronze medal for the United States team.Hoover played for the Texas Rangers in the 1990 season, but had a shortened pro-baseball career due to injuries sustained as a college player. He died on July 8, 2014 apparently of natural causes.

Karmiotissa FC

Karmiotissa Pano Polemidia (Greek: Καρμιώτισσα Πάνω Πολεμιδιών) is a Cypriot football club based in Pano Polemidia, Limassol. As of 2016 the team competed in the First Division for one season, where it played for the first time in its history, but was relegated. The club colors are red and white. The home ground of the football team is the Community Stadium of Pano Polemidia.

List of Texas Rangers first-round draft picks

The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. They play in the American League West division. Before 1972 (and for the first seven years of the draft), they were known as the Washington Senators and based in Washington, D.C. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Rangers franchise has selected 68 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 70 players picked in the first round by Washington or Texas, 37 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 27 of these were right-handed, while 10 were left-handed. Twelve outfielders, nine third basemen, six shortstops, four catchers, and two first basemen were also taken. The team has never drafted a player at second base. Fourteen of the players came from high schools or colleges in the state of Texas, and California follows with ten players. The Rangers have drafted one player, Tanner Scheppers in 2009, who was playing in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball at the time of the draft. Scheppers was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 29th round of the 2005 MLB Draft, and by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 2008 MLB Draft.None of the Rangers' first-round picks have won a World Series championship with the team, and no pick has been elected to the Hall of Fame. None of these picks have won the MLB Rookie of the Year award, although Oddibe McDowell (1984) placed fourth in the voting in 1985. The Rangers had the first overall selection twice in the draft, which they used on Jeff Burroughs (1969) and David Clyde (1973). Clyde made his debut for the Rangers 20 days after he pitched his high school team to the state finals in the franchise's first sellout at Arlington Stadium.The Rangers have made 19 selections in the supplemental round of the draft and 26 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Rangers have failed to sign one of their first-round picks, Matt Purke (2009), and received the 15th pick in 2010 as compensation.

McArthur High School

McArthur High School is located in Hollywood, Florida. It serves students from both Hollywood and Pembroke Pines in grades 9 through 12. The school is a part of the Broward County Public Schools district.

McDowell (surname)

McDowell is a surname, derived from the Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill. Notable people with the surname include:

Alexander McDowell (1845-1913), congressman from Pennsylvania

Charles S. McDowell (1871–1943), interim governor of Alabama

Charles T. McDowell (born 1921), American academic and military officer

Derek McDowell (born 1958), Irish politician

Ephraim McDowell (1771–1830), American physician

Fred McDowell (1904–1972), American blues singer and guitar player

Graeme McDowell (born 1979), Northern Irish professional golfer

Hugh McDowell (1953–2018), English cellist, member of Electric Light Orchestra

Irvin McDowell (1818–1885), Union army general

Jack McDowell (born 1960), former Major League Baseball pitcher

Jack McDowell (born circa 1922-23), Northern Irish political activist

James McDowell (1795–1851), politician from Virginia

James F. McDowell (1825-887), politician from Indiana

James F. McDowell (born 1862), politician from Wisconsin

John McDowell (born 1942), South African philosopher

Johnny McDowell (1915–1952), American Formula One driver

Josh McDowell (born 1939), American Christian apologist and author

Kelly McDowell (born circa 1953), mayor of El Segundo, California

Linda McDowell (born 1949), British geographer

Louise Sherwood McDowell (1876–1966), American physicist

Malik McDowell (born 1996), American football player

Malcolm McDowell (born 1943), English actor

Matthew McDowell, Steamboat owner and builder

Michael McDowell (politician) (born 1951), barrister and former Irish politician

Michael McDowell (actor) (born 1964), Northern Irish actor

Michael McDowell (author) (1950-1999), American novelist and screenwriter

Michael P. Kube-McDowell (born 1954), American science fiction writer

Michael McDowell (racing driver) (born 1984), American race car driver

Oddibe McDowell (born 1962), former Major League Baseball player

Paul McDowell (rower) (1905–1962), American rower

Paul McDowell (actor) (1931–2016), English actor and screenwriter

Robert M. McDowell (born 1963), former U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner

Roger McDowell (born 1960), Major League baseball player and coach

R. B. McDowell (1913–2011), Professor Emeritus of History, Trinity College Dublin

Sam McDowell (born 1942), Major League baseball pitcher

Samuel McDowell (1735-1817), American soldier and politician, father of Dr. Ephraim McDowell

Samuel Booker McDowell (1928-2014), American herpetologist

Thomas McDowell (born 1977), convicted murderer

William Fraser McDowell (1858–1937), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Uniform number (Major League Baseball)

In baseball, the uniform number is a number worn on the uniform of each player and coach. Numbers are used for the purpose of easily identifying each person on the field as no two people from the same team can wear the same number. Although designed for identification purposes only, numbers have become the source of superstition, emotional attachment, and honor (in the form of a number retirement). The number is always on the back of the jersey, often on the front, and occasionally seen on the left leg of the pants.


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